The Crusades

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The Crusades

  • Associate Professor of History, Kean University
12 Lectures (4 DVDs or 5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Even today, the Crusades continue to be a lively source of debate. Join award-winning profess Christopher Bellito in exploring this challenging and fascinating topic.

When we think of the Crusades, we often call to mind images of conflict and competition between the world’s three Abrahamic faiths. Glorified in its time, the Crusades are now seen as a troubling chapter of world history. Like all historical events, however, the Crusades cannot be viewed in black and white terms. Rather, we must examine their complex historical and cultural context.

It is important to understand the Crusades in real terms—the entire history, warts and all—so that you can assess the implications of applying the historical Crusades to our current world. Understanding the Crusades is necessary for all Christians today.

In this 12-topic audio or video course, you will look at the Crusades through the eyes of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, coming to understand the importance of the Holy Land to all three groups. You will also gain a fuller appreciation for the ideas of just war and jihad that were at work during the Middle Ages. Along with the three major faiths, you will also explore crusade arts, letters, and architecture. You will encounter the Templars, the notion of crusading in popular history, why myths persist, and the state of Christian-Muslim relations today.

To understand the Crusades is to gain profound insight into the historical course of civilization and the profound contradictions of religious war and human nature itself. You will find this course fascinating.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
    Introduction: Starting Points
  • A Holy Land for 3 Faiths
  • Just War and Jihad
  • 1st-2nd Crusades
  • 3rd-5th Crusades
  • Christian-Muslim Interactions
  • Judaism and the Crusades
  • Military orders
  • The Crusades in Arts and Letters
  • Later Crusades
  • Crusades in History: Myths and Meanings
  • Legacies
About Your Presenter

Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., is an award-winning historian and Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of ten books and the co-editor of six others; his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on the History and Travel channels, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other radio and television stations. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Dr. Bellitto’s books include Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II and The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press,...

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